Help Stop the Spread of Bird Disease
Prevention is key to stop the spread of bird diseases to humans and other birds. Backyard bird feeding has been a favorite pastime for many homeowners. However, birds can carry various diseases that can be passed along to other birds and sometimes to humans through their saliva and feces. >>What To Do If You See A Sick Bird
Birds can become sick after eating leftover feed that has become moldy and from bird poop that piles up around the feeder. Promote a healthy feeding environment for birds, and you for that matter, by routinely cleaning your feeders. >>About Birds and Bird Feeding
- Clean feeders once every 2 weeks or more often if you have heavy traffic.
- Wash your feeders thoroughly in soapy water then soak or rinse in a solution of 1 parts bleach to 9 parts water.
- Completely dry before refilling with bird seed.
- Hummingbird feeders should be cleaned every 3 to 5 days when you refill the nectar.
- Remove any excess seed that accumulates on the ground below the feeder.
Birds play an important role in ecological balance by propogating plant life and controlling insects. A healthy population is vital in maintaining other natural resources. Whether you live in urban, suburban, or rural areas, there are birds that need your help. >>Getting Started: What You Can Do
More Safe Feeding Resources
- Safe Bird Feeding
- Is Backyard Bird Feeding Helping or Hurting?
- National Wildlife Health Center
- Feeder Placement and Landscaping